Heel spur is an inflammatory disease of the plantar fascia, resulting in a wedge-shaped spine on the heel of the calcaneus. Pathological bone formation injures soft tissues while supporting the heel and causes intense pain syndrome. As a result, the gait and ability to move fully, the ability to work is reduced.
In most cases, calcaneal spurs develop against the background of flat feet due to a disturbance in the normal redistribution of the load to the foot structures and damage to the tendons of the plantar aponeurosis.
Often, the pathology occurs after calcaneus injuries as a result of metabolic disorders and worsening of blood flow in the lower limbs, and is also a consequence of chronic joint diseases. Orthopedic insoles with a calcaneal spur are prescribed as a conservative treatment, in addition, they can be used to prevent disease and repeat relapses of the pathological process.
Orthopedic insoles are special medical preventive devices, which are liners in casual shoes with low heels. They serve as a corset for the foot, maintaining its physiological position while walking. Insoles are made of natural and artificial materials: leather, felt, leatherette, silicone, gel. Adaptations can be purchased at shoe stores, pharmacies and the Internet. It is important to choose orthopedic insoles according to the size of the foot and its anatomical features, body weight, severity of the disease. The most comfortable liners, made by individual order from an orthopedist in a specialized workshop.
Special shock-absorbing inserts inside the insoles help to unload the arch of the foot and extinguish the shock wave when walking
The orthopedic insole exactly repeats the shape of the foot. In the heel part there is a supinator, which supports the calcaneus in an elevated position. In the area of the heel, the insert has an insert of soft cushioning material, which allows to reduce the pressure of the spur on soft tissues during walking and to reduce the intensity of pain. In addition, the design of the insoles allows supporting the longitudinal and transverse arch of the foot, which contributes to the healing of the plantar aponeurosis and to the improvement of the damping of the leg with flat feet of varying severity.
Orthopedic heels are a type of insoles and support a foot in the calcaneus region. Adaptations are made of cork, natural leather, silicone, mediofama( synthetic "breathing" material) and are sold in pharmacies and specialty shops, including on the Internet. There are several types of horseshoes depending on the target orientation.
It is used for calcaneal spur, arthrosis of the joints of the lower limbs, after injuries to the calcaneus. In the center of the device is a hard liner, which, when walking, helps massage the soft tissues of the heel and softens the marginal osteophyte. The podpjatochnik improves the cushioning of the foot, reduces the shock load on the heel, the joints of the lower extremities and the spine. The product is round and wedge shaped.
Gel heel with bows
The device is made of medical silicone, has hard edges at the edges and a soft sprung insert in the center of the product. Promotes the anatomically correct location of the foot in the shoe and causes its physiological movement during walking. The absorbent insert creates comfortable conditions for the heel, reduces painful sensations while supporting the heel bone, improves local circulation and metabolic processes. Gel podpjatochnik can be used for shoes with heels.
Padded heels with rims along the edges of the product securely fix the foot in anatomically correct position.
Orthopedic insoles, like the heel pads, are available in different sizes, depending on the length of the foot. For correct selection of the device, it is necessary to measure the foot in centimeters. The insole should fit tightly on the bottom of the shoe, and the heel pads should be glued in the heel area of the shoes with a glue lock to prevent the product from slipping.
Advantages of orthopedic products and care of attachments
Wearing orthopedic adaptations is used for a number of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and prevention of the development of axial skeleton diseases. When a calcaneal spur, especially on the background of flat feet, without insoles or horseshoes can not do. Advantages of orthopedic products include:
- prevention of joint and spine diseases;
- fixes the foot in the anatomical position when wearing shoes;
- rigid inserts help massage the plantar surface of the foot, improve the blood circulation of the lower limbs;
- soft liners made of gel material serve as a shock absorber and reduce spur pressure on soft tissues, exert an analgesic effect;
- attach an elevated position to the heel, which reduces pressure on plantar aponeurosis;
- prevents fatigue of the legs during physical activity and sports;
- wearing devices shortens the duration of conservative treatment, is prescribed during shock wave therapy and during the recovery period after surgery.
What insoles and heelpacks should be worn with heel spurs and other pathology of the musculoskeletal system may be suggested by a specialist - surgeon, orthopedist, traumatologist.
Orthopedic products should be periodically changed, since over time the devices lose their damping functions. Less durable insoles and heelpads made from natural materials, such as cork, felt or leather. More durable silicone products, which with proper care can last several years. In addition, such insole or heel podpyhatchniki prevent the appearance of an unpleasant odor when sweating feet. Orthopedic aids should be washed regularly with warm water with the addition of soap and dried in a natural way.
Silicone backs with soft insert in the center of the product can be used for high heel shoes
Reviews of buyers of orthopedic products
For patients suffering from calcaneal spurs, doctors often recommend wearing orthopedic appliances. The use of insoles or horseshoes for the treatment and prevention of disease has received many positive reviews. Here are some of them.
Vasily Alexandrovich, 56 years old .I have had a calcaneal spur for more than 4 years. Several times he underwent a course of therapy, prescribed pills and physioprocedures. However, the disease returned again, it was necessary to walk with the help of a cane. The attending physician advised to wear orthopedic heel pads permanently. After the next treatment and use of loose leaves in shoes I feel well for several years, I freely move and was able to return to work. I noticed that my legs are less tired and the spine in the lumbar region has ceased to hurt. I am pleased with the purchase and only regret that I have not used orthopedic heels before.
Orthopedic insoles are sometimes produced in a universal size, which is adjusted to the foot parameters before using the product
Olga Nikolaevna, 58 years old .In my childhood I was given a flat foot 1 degree. The disease did not worry much during life. After retirement, she began to notice periodic pain in the foot, especially when walking for a long time. Sometimes it hurt in the heel to such an extent that it seemed as if it had been pierced with a nail. Has addressed to the doctor, after inspection have found out bony growth on a heel bone. The doctor prescribed pills and wearing orthopedic insoles. Within a few days of treatment, I felt a significant improvement, and after 3 weeks I was able to walk freely without pain and discomfort in my legs. Insoles I wear constantly, have ceased to swell up my legs and easily endure the physical load, which previously was beyond my powers.
Valentine, 43 years old .After the fracture of the calcaneus of the left foot, she began to notice soreness when walking. Gradually, the discomfort grew, and over time, I could not even lean on my leg. The heel spur was diagnosed, treatment with medications did not bring significant relief. The doctor prescribed a course of shock wave therapy with the constant wearing of silicone heel pads. I tried to make a device with my own hands made of foam rubber, but such a product proved to be unstable in the toe and poorly supported the foot when walking. Silicon podpjatochnik facilitated movement, improved the results of shock wave therapy and helped to return to everyday life without pain.
Orthopedic insoles and heel pads with regular use help relieve the sore foot, reduce the damaging effect of the heel spur on the plantar fascia and soft tissues. Wearing products normalizes the local blood flow and prevents the appearance of pain in the calcaneus. It should be remembered that orthopedic inserts refer to additional devices in the treatment of the disease and should be used together with conservative and surgical methods of therapy. The use of insoles after the remission of the acute phase of the disease helps prevent the recurrence of the pathological process and reduces the shock load on the entire musculoskeletal system.
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